Tensile Test on Carbon Fibers (Reference Standards: ISO 11566:1996 / JIS R 7606:2000)

Carbon fibers are essential components of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRPs). They are important industrial materials because their specific gravity is 1/4 and material strength is seven times higher as compared to general ferrous materials. This experiment introduces a tensile test on a single filament of carbon fiber in accordance with the standards

Measurements and Jigs

Fig. 1: Sample and Mat (Frame Body)

In this test, the sample is fixed on a specimen mat made of a metal or resin sheet and attached on the grip as shown in Fig. 1 and then a tensile test is performed. The standards provide a detailed explanation about the shape of the mat, type of adhesive used to place a carbon fiber on the mat, and procedures to place the carbon fiber. (For details, refer to the standards.)
In the test, a clip type grip is used to adjust the clamping force according to the strength of the sample.

Measurement Results 

Fig 2

Fig. 2

Measurement Results Graph

Table 1 - Test Conditions

 Item   Setting Value 
 Test Speed   1mm/min 
 Grip spac   25mm 

Table 2 - Test Results (Mean Value)

 Sample Name   Diameter   Tensile Strength   Breaking Elongation 
 Carbon Fiber   6μm   7.1GPa   2.84% 
 Testing machine   MST-I Type HR 
 Testing jig   1 N clip type grip (with rubber-coated grip faces), X-Y stage 
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